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NYer looking for a nice dinner for one in Manhattan Beach this week

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I am going to be in Southern California for a couple of days on business this week. One of the nights I will be staying at the Marriott on Parkview Avenue in Manhattan Beach. I have never been to LA before (okay, I drove through once briefly on my way to Huntington Beach, spotted Darva Conger (it was that long ago) and drove by a place called "Oh, My Nappy Hair Salon" (yes, we were in fact lost)) Anyway, I'm wondering if there are any decent places to eat and/or enjoy a nice cocktail near the hotel? All I know about LA (besides the aforementioned "visit") is what I learned watching "LA Story", which would lead me to believe that anything worse visiting will require a car. I'm hoping that some kind Los Angelinos will set me straight and tell me where to go to take in the sights and fill my belly.

Any ideas?

PS -- extra points if you have recommendations for Costa Mesa, too, since I will be there for a night as well.

Thank you in advance!

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  1. so will you have a car or not?

    if not, i'd start by asking if the hotel provides any kind of transportation (jitney) services.
    if they do, tell us the constraints.

    1. Marche Moderne in Costa Mesa.

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      1. re: JAB

        You did notice that he said Manhattan Beach, which means not thirty miles away?

        1. re: FoodObsessive

          Apparently, you didn't notice the extra points that I received for my Costa Mesa recommendation as requested by the OP above. You are now operating in the negative but, thanks for playing.

      2. MB Post in Manhattan Beach is one of the best restaurants in LA. Full bar too.
        http://eatmbpost.com

        1. MB Post is the only answer. It's a 5 minute cab ride from your hotel.

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          1. re: TailbackU

            Thanks! I won't have a car, so I will have to cab it.

          2. Strandhouse, at the foot of the Manhattan Beach Pier, or Cafe Pierre, just up the street on Manhattan Beach Blvd. may also be worth considering. Both are near the aforementioned MB Post.

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            1. re: Ringo Gato

              Second both of these - Cafe Pierre for exceptional charcuterie and innovative French, Stand House for excellent but pricey food with a view of the beach. Note - at Strand House, go upstairs and ignore the line to the lounge downstairs.

              1. re: FoodObsessive

                Hi guys, I went to Cafe Pierre and sat on the bar and had a lovely glass of wine and some charcuterie. It was perfect.

                Really appreciate all the suggestions, so thank you!